“It’s been a long time since I’ve been on the job market,” said 25-year-old Conor Murphy, who is studying in the Department of Education in Dublin.
“The internet has given me a real platform to start from, and it’s made me a better person.
I’m now looking forward to the day when I can do the same thing for my clients.”
Mr Murphy, a graduate of the Department, said the job he is looking to fill is a full-time one with a clientele that includes business owners, social workers, doctors and nurses.
The job is based in a “highly automated” system where he works in tandem with a computerised system, so it is a lot more flexible.
“I think I’ll be able to do more work in a day or two,” he said.
He said he would be happy to work on a freelance basis.
“This is where I feel comfortable,” he added.
The IT sector has seen a rapid growth in recent years, with a recent survey showing that nearly half of companies were looking for an IT specialist to help manage their IT systems.
The report by Deloitte found that the sector employs about 7.6 million people and employs almost 4 million of them in the US, while UK employers employ around 1.4 million IT professionals.
However, as well as being a key sector for jobs, the IT industry is also a highly-skilled and highly-regulated sector.
The National Association of Software Developers (NasD), which represents companies including Google, Facebook and Yahoo, said that it was a key driver of IT employment in Ireland, and that the jobs were vital for the Irish economy.
It said that in 2017, there were more than 1,000 new jobs created in the software industry and about one in three new jobs were related to IT.
In Ireland, the most common job type was software engineer, but also included technical support, business support and support software development, as a specialist, as the industry continues to grow.
“It is a very young sector, and there is an oversupply in the jobs market,” Ms O’Shea said.
“As we go into the future, there is going to be an increasing demand for software developers, and we need to be ready for that.”
In recent years the number of students taking online courses has increased, but the amount of time students spend online has also increased.
According to NassD, the total amount of hours students spend on online courses is now equivalent to about 4 hours a week, or the equivalent of a four-hour day.
“Students are using technology in ways that will only grow,” Ms Noll said.
She added that it is crucial for companies to look at what type of work students are doing as part of their online education and workforce development strategy.
“A lot of the IT jobs are on the back of a lot of students who are not going to stay in the industry for long,” Ms NassD said.
Students, including Mr Murphy’s parents, are worried about how they are going to pay for their child’s studies.
“They’re not getting a good education, they’re not going on to university, and they’re going to have to pay back the loans they took out on the internet,” he explained.
“My parents don’t want to put their kids through college at this stage, but they are worried what they’re doing is going in the wrong direction.”
A student who recently completed an online course, for example, said he was frustrated by the lack of support.
“You get to go online and work, and you don’t even know where you’re going, so you’re doing things the wrong way,” he told The Irish Sun.
Even if you’ve got all the skills, it doesn’t really matter, because they’re just looking at how much money you make, so how many people are going through the system and how much you can get through.”